Sayumi Michishige, a former member of Morning Musume, has returned to the stage, holding her first performance since graduating from the group 2 years and 4 months ago.
The event, titled "SAYUMINGLANDOLL ~Rebirth~", was held in Tokyo at COTTON CLUB on March 19. It is describe not as a "concert" or a "musical", but rather as a unique kind of experience.
Michishige began preparing for her return in August 2016. During her time away, she lived her life as a normal person, and traveled with her family. She was surprised by how difficult it was to get back into shape for performing.
"I'm considerably less fit...I still feel sore," the singer said lightheartedly, a laugh escaping her lips.
At the time of her graduation, Michishige thought she had reached her peak at 25-years-old. With her return, the singer wants to be an example for aging women, showing that you can be just as good when you're older as you are when you're younger.
Although she was concerned about her abilities in the days leading up to the performance, when she got back on stage for the first time, she felt like she was at home. The singer performed an 80 minute set that used stage changes, projection mapping, laser shows and more to dazzle the audience.
6 new songs were performed during Michishige's concert. A soundtrack album will go on sale on April 10 at the venue.
"SAYUMINGLANDOLL ~Rebirth~" will run through April 16 at the COTTON CLUB. A total of 36 performances during this time will be held.